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Sanchez skinny

Posted on: January 15, 2009 1:26 pm

There are doubts about Mark Sanchez. Not mine, necessarily, although I do agree with some of the evaluations about the USC quarterback I've been hearing.

Much like Sam Bradford, Sanchez just hasn't played that much college football. Unlike Bradford, Sanchez has been a full-time starting quarterback for only one season. You heard that in Pete Carroll's evaluation of Sanchez' decision during a Thursday press conference.

Plus, there are concerns about Sanchez' toughness and ability to take a hit. One source who has watched USC estimated that Sanchez has been behind center for less than eight "legitimate" sacks. [That is, not flushed out of the pocket or running side-to-side]

USC runs a pro-style offense which should help Sanchez. The team uses only 15 percent of its extensive drop-back passing game in the playbook.

In another sense, It's hard to blame Sanchez given that the Heisman triplets (Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy) are all returning. He has a chanace of being the second quarterback taken after Matt Stafford. However, Sanchez could be leaving a lot of money on the table. He is no slam dunk to go in the top 10. If he returned for his redshirt senior season, Sanchez could improve significantly on his earning power.

"Mark knows he's going against the grain on this decision ...," Carroll said Thursday, "I don't agree with the assessment of the decision ... The NFL has a very clear thought in that they want you to stay in school as long as you can."


Don't be surprised if Sanchez signs with agent David Dunn.

Now, on to USC. It needs a quarterback.

That you know, but this goes much deeper. USC needs a quarterback, a couple of new coordinators, oh, and a new defense.

Welcome to Carroll's first rebuilding job since he arrived in Troy in 2001.  It's not just Sanchez leaving a year early for the NFL. It's essentially the entire defense leaving, one of the best -- statistically -- of modern times. Both coordinators have left too -- DC Nick Holt followed Steve Sarkisian to Washington.

The spring battle at quarterback will be the most significant at USC since 2003 when Matt Leinart came out of nowhere. It seems like the same thing will happen again with Aaron Corp, Mitch Mustain and Garrett Green competing with freshman Matt Barkley, who is already enrolled.

Mustain, an Arkansas transfer, had trouble picking up the offense in 2008. That was clear when he dropped to third on the depth chart for a time behind Corp.

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Tags: USC

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2009 10:43 pm

Sanchez skinny

Like everything else: Its all about the money, Baby!!!

What he is going to get coming out this years will blow away what he will get next year. He would have to drastically improve to get anywhere close to the money.

Coming out this year means there is little competition for draft spots at quarterback and the NFL needs quarterbacks. Someone will be desperate enough to take him in the first round.

If he came out next year, he would drop down to the late second round, if not the third round. Look at the names that will or could come out next year: Tebow, Harrell, Bradford, McCoy, and the yearly midmajor flavor. And these are just the premier players. This time next year we would be throwing in at least a couple of more.

With the possibility of dropping from the 1st round to the 3rd round (or even further), that i s leaving a tremendous amount of dough on the table.

Yes, staying another year and playing would help Sanchez in the long run. But Its all about the money, Baby!!!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 10:40 pm

Sanchez skinny

Some schools reload (USC, OU, Texas, LSU, Ohio St, Florida); others are left to rebuild (Oregon, Georgia, and just about every other school with one great season out of every 4).

Sanchez I think would be benefitted by another year, but yes, he would be against a bulked up McCoy (an added dimension which with so much young talent around him and roommate as a safety valve) looks good.    Bradford should have gone pro - he had a breakout year last year and won the Heisman this year and had a solid performance in the BCS Championship.   &nbs
p;   To be perfectly honest, outside of a few ESPN highlights, everyone East of the Rockies barely knows anything about Sanchez except he's erratic (Arizona, Oregon St) and has a few great games strung together but more attributed to the fantastic talent around him rather than his own skill.    From the limited exposure we on this side of the big ridge have seen is we don't know if Sanchez can put a team on his back and win the game.   With Colt McCoy, you have that feeling.   With Bradford you feel the Magic.   With Tebow, you know he'll bull his way forward and drag his team with him.   Sanchez is just too much an unknown.


He had a great performance against Ohio State, again against Notre Dame, and then against Penn State.    Those who realized USC was playing Oregon St on that Thursday night wondered how slow Sanchez was and surprised how beat up he got.   So overall, from the visible body of work, he seems good but not enough to go on.    Coming out at this time may actually be better than staying an additional year.   Heck, for a min quarter of a million to hold a clipboard next year, I'd take the easy route out; just worry about when you have to put him on the field if he can handle playing NFL speed with one of the lower rung of teams?

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 8:04 pm

Sanchez skinny

Palmer could be done with his elbow.  He had a couple nice years.  Cassel will hit the pine as soon as Brady is a a go  And the other two, c'mon bro!!!!  DO either ever play????

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2009 7:43 pm

Sanchez skinny

The Pac-10 kinda' sucks, so this shouldn't really matter. It would be nice if SC would suck, but Carroll and Mack Brown are the only two coaches with 8 10-win seasons consecutively. It will be another "great" year for SC.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 7:07 pm

Sanchez skinny

By the way, I did a little research and found that Michigan actually has the most QBs listed on active rosters with 5, followed by USC and Oregon with 4 each, and then Boston College and Washington with 3 each.  Sixteen colleges have 2 representatives each, and there are 52 schools with one quarterback each on an active roster.  Just a little food for thought.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 7:06 pm

Sanchez skinny

i don't see how detroit passes on stafford personally. now, they could hope to trade up with that second first rounder, but there are no guarantees with that plan. tradin down would be wonderful for them, but who's trading up to pay a monster salary this year?

if they pass on stafford, someone will step up in the top 10-12 picks to take him. matt ryan's success alone will make it tough for detroit to pass. plus they need help at so many positions. when you don't have a qb, you draft one. it's priority one. if they evaluate the guy, and he's not right for them, then wait a year. he looks like a good prospect to me, but as an nfl gm/exec it has to be scary putting your job in one man's right arm.

sanchez will go in the first round, but i agree it will be later in the round. i'm betting between 20-32. so if detroit likes him better in the long run, they pass on stafford. sanchez could turn out to be a good qb, but i think he will need development. it would be nice to have him take over for a veteran mid season or a year out.

usc will be fine. they've recruited well. maybe they won't be in the national title hunt, but they will again be filled with crazy talent. expect a good bowl at worst.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 6:30 pm

Sanchez skinny

Technically, wouldn't Boston College be considered "Quarterback U", especially if we're talking current NFL starters.  They're the only university with 2 current starters in the NFL, Matt Hasselbeck and Matt Ryan.  Pretty sure that's right, but by all means, correct me if I'm wrong.

As for Sanchez, this is financially the best decision he could have made, because he is at worst the second quarterback off the board.  I think Detroit will roll the dice with Stafford, and I'm not entirely sure where that leaves Sanchez, but he won't drop out of the first round, more likely somewhere in the 11-20 range.  Who knows where he would have ended up next year with Bradford and McCoy both in the mix.  I don't include Tebow because he doesn't grade well as a quarterback at the next level.  Developmentally, Pete Carroll hit it on the head.  Sanchez could use another year of learning and growing.  Financially, how do you risk career-ending injury or a sub-par year with that much money on the line?

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2009 5:08 pm

Sanchez skinny

You should be impressed.  Name me another school that currently has 4 QB's in the NFL . . . I didn't think so.

Leinart - Backing up a former two-time NFL MVP

Booty - Coming to an arena near you (if they don't cancel the 2010 season)

Cassel - Product of the system.  Yeah sure, I guess Montana was too.

Palmer - Get well soon

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2009 5:07 pm

Sanchez skinny

Wow, only a moron would call Kurt Warner a journeyman!  He has 2 NFL MVP's, 2 Superbowl appearances, a superbowl ring, HOF stats, and more!  And do u know his life story?  He's one of the greatest success stories in the history of the NFL!  He never gave up on his dreams, he lived in a basement, and didn't listen to everyone who said at age 28, he's holding onto the dream of being in the NFL too long!  Too bad more people don't have the courage and belief and good attitude and intentions that Warner has!  Journman my As* !!!!!

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2009 4:49 pm

Sanchez skinny

Agreed, except that Hazelton is transferring. I think it will be Corp and Barkley as a darkhorse to be the starter next year, but whoever wins the job will have a very tough time screwing up this offense with the weapons they will be given. Havili will also be back and Marc Tyler has played well enough so far to be included as a fourth stud tailback. MAys coming back is HUGE especially since he will be lining up at strong safety next year and play more towards the line and be involved much more. Pinkard is nice to have back but I've seen the guys who will be stepping in at D next year and that lineup at any other school would be labeled a great defense, not a rebuildt work in progress. Coaches have come and gone every season since Carroll has taken over and has never seemed to affect the flow of things. The championship is in Pasadena next year and hopefully they'll only have to move the crystal ball ten minutes down the road after the game.

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